It’s been a crazy week in the world of junior tennis! In case you’re feeling as overwhelmed as I am, I thought I’d summarize what’s going on and my recommended action items.
- USTA has adopted changes to its Junior Competition calendar that will become effective in 2014. If you haven’t yet seen it, the new 2014 tournament calendar is here. Some interested parties who feel that the changes should, at the very least, be delayed for further study, have created an online petition and are seeking signatures. If you would like to view and/or sign this petition, click here.
- NCAA has passed new rules affecting its year-end Championships effective September 1, 2012, for the Spring 2013 tournament. The rules are purported to be in the interest of bringing additional fans to the sport and garnering tv coverage. To read the new rules, click here. To their credit, USTA is partnering with ITA to write a joint opposition letter to the rule changes.
- A group of current and former collegiate players have formed a Facebook group to try to get NCAA to reconsider the rule changes. They have created an event to organize a Twitter rampage on Saturday at Noon EDT. To learn more, click here. They have also created an online petition to overturn the changes. To read and/or sign it, click here.
- Sunday’s ParentingAces radio show will feature a discussion of the NCAA rule changes and what we as tennis parents can do to help preserve the integrity of the college system for our kids. Tune in live at 6:30pm EDT by clicking here then call in with your questions and/or comments at 714-583-6853. If you miss the live broadcast, you can hear the podcast by clicking on the Radio Show tab in the menu bar above.
- The Holabird-Adidas “All-In” Junior Tennis Challenge is accepting entries via email through this weekend. If your child would like to compete for a one-year sponsorship from Adidas, please email Sol at email@example.com.